The Ultimate Cebu Itinerary (3d2n)

Hola! 

Planning to go on a weekend trip to Cebu?

Do you have limited days to tour?

Are you afraid that you won’t enjoy Cebu that much because of the limited time?

Fear no more because the details below might be the solution for that!

This is my ultimate 3 days 2 nights sample itinerary for those who’d like to enjoy Cebu for a limited time. A lot of my friends are asking what to do and how can they enjoy Cebu for just 3 days. I tell them that it will take a lot of effort. Some might disagree with me and some might question me but please take note that this is possible. I’m going to share to you how you can watch & swim with the whalesharks in Oslob, go canyoneering in Alegria and participate in the Sardine Run in Moalboal for 1 day. Also, we’ll not just cover the south but we’ll also explore the northern tip of Cebu.

Here’s a guide to how to enjoy Cebu for the weekend.

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From Manila

Book a flight going to Mactan-Cebu. Take the last flight out on a Thursday (To Cebu) and Sunday (to Manila)

Pre-book a cheap hotel room. Rest. OR you can go to Sugbo Mercado in IT Park and eat, eat, eat.

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Day 1

1:30 am – Wake up; Prepare; Heavy breakfast please

2:30 am – Head to South Bus Terminal station

3:00 am – Take the earliest bus to Oslob

6:00 am – ETA Oslob whale shark watching area. Expect a lot of people here

Register & attend a short session about the do’s & don’ts

7:00 am – You should be swimming with the whale sharks now. Enjoy!

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Max’s attempt to swim close to the Butanding

7:30 am – After whale shark watching. Rent a habal-habal to go to Tumalog Falls

8:00 am – Go back to main road & ride a tricycle going to the bus port. Then head to Alegria

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Majestic Tumalog falls over there!

10:00 am – You should be in Alegria now. Enjoy Canyoneering!

12:00 pm – Done Canyoneering. Clean up

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You jump, I jump? NO. Haha!

12:30 – Lunch. Head to main road and ride a bus going to Moalboal

2:00 pm – ETA in Moalboal. It’s very relaxing in Basdaku beach but next location is in White beach for the Sardine run. Call it a day and rest.

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Just finished pitching the tent at Basdaku beach

Day 2

6:00 am –  Wake up. Breakfast

7:00 am – Ride tricycle from Basdaku to White beach

8:00 am – Register. TIP: You can just swim from the shore to the Sardine Run. No need to rent an expensive boat.

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Millions of sardines swimming near the shore

9:30 am – You should be done swimming with the school of fish by this time. Go to the main road and head back to Cebu city

12:00 pm – ETA Cebu city. Take your lunch and go to North Bus Terminal station. Ride a bus bound for Bantayan.

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So happy to see this sign after 3 hours of travelling

3:00 pm – ETA in Bantayan Port. Take a ferry to Bantayan Island

4:30 pm – ETA Bantayan Island. Check-in and enjoy the food and the beach. Rest.

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The famous ruins on the cliff in Bantayan Island

Day 3

You have the luxury of time to enjoy the beach since we’ll dedicate our 3rd day in Cebu city.

After lunch, you may head back to Cebu city and check the Magellan’s Cross OR head to the Lapu-lapu shrine (not recommended since it’ll take you an hour from Cebu city to get there)

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Magellan’s Cross with this mausi

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You can bring at least Php8,000 to cover the entire trip. I swear you’ll be dead tired after this trip. Would I do it again? I will depends on how many people I’ll be with para mas tipid. Lol if you have queries or suggestions to make this sample itinerary cheaper and easier , don’t hesitate to message me 🙂

Make sure to pre-book the Canyoneering activity and your hostel or lodging.

Travel cheap, mga besh!

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Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan, Cebu

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Easy peasy! In South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound for Bato via Barili. It will cost Php180 one way. The travel will be for 3 hours. The best time to ride the bus is in the morning at 5:00 am (but there is also a bus at 2am). From Ginatilan, it’s easy to get a habal-habal to the falls. The fare is 30 pesos one way.E8XQc1469970159

5:00 AM – Ride the bus to Ginatilan

8:30 AM – ETA in Ginatilan. You can spend half an hour to roam around the town

9:00 AM – Take a habal-habal to Inambakan falls

9:15 AM to 11:00 AM – Enjoy!

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Php180 – Bus fare to Ginatilan

Php60 – RT Habal-habal fare from Ginatilan to Inambakan

Php20 – per head. Raft rental going in he falls

Php170 – Bus fare back to Cebu city

Php150 – Food expenses

Bantayan Island, Cebu – to the Northern tip of Cebu

Another beautiful paradise on the upper tip of Cebu. This place has white sand beaches everywhere and rich marine life. I’ve been researching where to go on weekends since I’ll be living here in Cebu for a while. Bantayan Island was all over my news feed so I guess it’s a sign.

We found a very nice lodging for Php800. Corner House offers an AC room with H&C shower, cable TV and double bed. What we like about this place is it’s a minute walk to the beach and a 5 minute walk to MJ square (food place). Island hopping for Php800 for 2 isn’t worth it; includes Virgin Island, Nature Park and Halintagaan Island. We paid Php250 entrance fee in Virgin Island (woah). Ogtong Cave will cost you Php100 entrance fee. We didn’t enter anymore since it’ll cost us extra. I recommend that you ask the tricycle driver to take you to Paradise beach where you can cliff dive and marvel at the jet black jelly fish. I heard you can also pitch your tent there for free. Overall, it was a chill beach weekend trip.

TRAVEL TIP:  If you have a tent, bring it. Buy all the necessary stuff you need (food & alcohol) before it gets dark. Luckily, we found MJ Square. They have a Blue Bar in town where live bands play and foreign tourists drink.

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From Cebu – Go to North Bus Terminal, ride a bus going to Hagnaya. Travel time is 3 hrs. From Hagnaya, ride a RORO to Sta. Fe, Bantayan. Travel time is 2 hrs. From Sta. Fe port, you can ride a tricycle to town proper for Php20. You can rent a bike/ motorcycle to roam around the island. To go back to Cebu, ride a RORO to Sta. Fe then ride a bus bound to Cebu.

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Chef Panyang’s

We thought that an order of Calamares and Chopsuey wouldn’t be enough for the two of us so we ordered a plate of King Fish. We waited for 12-15 mins and tada the orders arrived! The serving was so big. We did not finish everything so we had to take out. We ate the rest for breakfast. We asked the lodging staff to heat the food for Php30. Our bill was Php420 for 2 pax. Def worth it.

Cupcake Island Cakery

We wanted cupcakes that night, so yeah. Php65 for a nice cupcake.

Corner Inn Cafe

Please try the Strawberry Banana shake here. It is worth every shit for Php130.

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  • Php320 – RT bus fare from Cebu city to Hagnaya port
  • Php340 – RT Roro fare from Hagnaya port to Sta. Fe port
  • Php20 – Terminal fee for 2 way
  • Php400 – Share for AC room (Php800/night)
  • Php400 – Share boat fare for island tour (Php800)
  • Php250 – Virgin Island entrance fee
  • Php550 – Food and drinks
  • Php20 – Shower (we checked out already so we needed to pay extra)
  • Php110 – Tricycle fare (Php50 – Hagnaya port to lodge; Php60 day 2 trip)
  • Php100 – Cab ride from North bus terminal to home

Total is Php3030. Amazing and kind of cheap for a weekend trip.

Oslob, Cebu – To swim with the amazing Butandings

P29Jn1469970366One of the places to check out here in Cebu is Oslob. You can swim with the Whalesharks here aka Butandings. From South Bus Terminal (Cebu city) – Ride a bus to Oslob (Php150, 3 hrs). Just tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Tanawan for whaleshark viewing. Don’t forget to bring light snacks for the trip. Once you’re there you need to register. There were several groups but not crowded. We only waited for 30 minutes. We had time to eat breakfast for 90Php. The second time I was there we waited for almost 2 hours so better be there as early at 6am. You have to attend a very short seminar to know more about the do’s and don’ts.

Rate is:

  • Php500 each for local tourists
  • Php1500 each for foreign tourists

No applying of sunblock lotion because this can poison the whales. After experiencing this (and after getting your best shot! lol) head to Tumalog falls. There are habal-habals just outside the Whaleshark viewing point that could take you to the falls. it’ll take you only 15 minutes.

Tumalog falls is a must-see too because of its majestic view. The water is super cold. The photo above almost looked like it’s photoshop’d or something. The photo below shows how short I am. Haha! We took photos, swam and rested here. We went back to the whaleshark viewing area after and took a shower.

After an hour spent in this falls, we went to Sumilon Island. Spend at least 1 hour resting on this beautiful pristine island. It has the cleanest water around the area. Boat rental is Php500. We had lunch at a carinderia (Php50) just beside the Whaleshark Viewing area. Then we headed back to Cebu city. We got back at around 6pm so we just rested the whole night away.

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  • Php150 AC bus to Oslob
  • Php500 fee to swim with the whaleshark
  • Php150 RT habal habal to Tumalog Falls
  • Php10 environmental fee
  • Php500 boat fare to Sumilon Island (the more people you’re with-the cheaper)
  • Php200 meal expenses

Php1,300 should be enough for you to enjoy Oslob, Cebu!